Excessive daytime sleepiness works together with other sleep disorders in determining sleepiness-related events in shift workers

Francesco Fanfulla, Mario Grassi, Paola Marandola, Giuseppe Taino, Paola Fulgoni, Marcello Imbriani

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Abstract

Background: Shift-workers may experience sleep disturbances more frequently than day-workers. Interactions between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), shift-work and other factors promoting sleepiness have never been studied. The present study was designed to assess the prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), high risk for OSA (HR) and insomnia in shift-workers and day-workers and to evaluate their mutual effects on the risk of home-to-work commuting car accidents or episodes of falling asleep during work. Methods. Workers (153 shift-workers, 85 day-workers) were evaluated for the presence of sleep disorders including HR and EDS. The relationships between sleepiness-related events, shift-work and sleep disorders were investigated by path analysis. Results. Forty-nine subjects had HR. EDS was more frequent in shift-workers than in day-workers (16.3% vs. 5.9%, P=0.01) and in workers with HR (28.6% vs. 8.4%, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume35
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Occupational
  • Path analysis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sleepiness
  • Sleepiness and road accidents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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